When looking for a house or afternoon out in Greater Manchester you’d be forgiven if Urmston wasn’t front of mind, but this lesser known suburb close to the Trafford Centre is on the up, with lots of first time buyers now looking for houses in the area. After exhausting house viewings in Altrincham and Sale, we only decided to look in the area after finding nothing elsewhere, but the houses are lovely, the location convenient, and dare I say, there isn’t much traffic. With loads of local restaurants to choose from, and on the train line between Liverpool, Warrington & Manchester, this suburb is starting to gain more popularity thanks to its variety of independent venues, and the artisan market hosted on the first Saturday each month. Jump on the train from Urmston station and you can be at Oxford Road or Deansgate in less than 10 minutes.
If you’re looking for a suburb with a few decent venues on your doorstep, then it’s definitely worth a visit. Here are some of our faves.
The Hideaway by the Sponge Sisters
Originally making their name at Urmston Market, the Sponge Sisters have recently made their permanent home just outside the town centre at their own venue, The Hideaway. Throughout the day, they serve their famous cakes either by the slice, or as a whole cake if you think you can demolish the whole lot, with a number of gluten-free and vegan options. The real gem on their sponge crown is their afternoon tea, including finger sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes (obviously) and loose leaf tea or coffee. As well as the afternoon tea & cake selection, the Sponge Sisters also pride themselves on their hot food, including making their own corned beef for their corn beef hash.
If you’re looking for breakfast in Urmston, this is where you wanna be. Homemade baked beans, homemade potato cakes, and fresh, local bacon and sausages, the breakfast of champions. There’s also vegetarian and vegan options available featuring halloumi cheese, homemade falafel, and scrambled sweet chilli tofu. The coffee is supplied by local artisan coffee roaster, MANCOCO, and their loose leaf teas by Nothing But Tea.
218 Church Road, Urmston, M41 9DX / theHideawayUrmston.co.uk / @PSTM41
Prairie Schooner Taphouse
Situated on Flixton Road through Urmston, Prairie Schooner Tapthouse, an indie micropub & bottleshop is a welcome addition to the local scene. The bar is often packed out with beer connoisseurs from Trafford & beyond, sampling the ever changing bottles and drafts on offer. The bar itself, an island in the middle of the venue, offers four hand-pulled real ales and three keg beers, as well as a strong selection of whisky & gin.
All the beers served are both independent and mainly local, from breweries including Blackjack, Tickety Brew & Magic Rock. They offer over 100 bottled beers to sit and drink in one of the relaxed armchairs, or there is the option to take away. If beer isn’t your thing, the bar are getting ready to serve only local gins over the bar (YES), so technically you’ll be supporting the local economy with your weekend G&T – bonus. Each Tuesday the venue puts on a weekly quiz night from 8pm, as well as regular music events including the monthly jazz nights or chill-out DJs.
33 Flixton Rd, Urmston, M41 5AW / Prairie-schooner-taphouse.co.uk / @PSTM41
For a taste of dirty junk food outside of the city centre then head to Get Chucked. Previously a pop-up, this now permanent fast food joint is the love child of Guerilla Eats and street food traders Dirty Dogs. Think burgers and hot dogs served piled with toppings, with a decent beers list to wash it all down.
But don’t think that all those toppings are just there to conceal an average burger, these guys properly know what they’re doing. All of their 100% chuck steak patties come double stacked, and options include the Hillbilly Homeboy, with American Cheese, Maple Bourbon Bacon, Onion rings, pickle, and BBQ sauce, or the the Chuck ‘n’ Cheese with American cheese and secret sauce. There’s also a veggie option with their Meat is Murder burger: falafel patty, deep south slaw, lettuce, cucumber mint yogurt sauce & feta. Skin on fries can be ordered on the side, get ‘em naked or check out the loaded versions. There’s also a weekly specials, so there’s no chance we’ll be getting bored of this one anytime soon.
Be warned, the Holy F**k wings are as hot as described – ouch!
GET CHUCKED, 52 Gloucester Rd, Urmston M41 9AE / getchucked.co.uk / @getchuckedHQ
A surprising new favourite, The Steamhouse sits on the train platform at Urmston station, and serves really reasonably priced food and booze. A proper pub, the Steamhouse offers a large selection of beers & ciders, with an average of eight guest ales on pump, is often packed with locals (including us) especially on a Friday & Saturday night. As well as the real ales (they also brew their own), the venue also offers a food menu with hearty meals including soups, stews & curries.
Pull up a seat around one of the large open fires, grab a pint, and check out the local talent at one of their open mic nights on a Thursday. Each Sunday the carvery is served until 7pm, with families and well-behaved pets welcome.
Off Station Road, Urmston, M41 9SB / @SteamhouseUrmston